|Colonel Sylvester Hill,|
killed at Nashville'
on Dec. 15, 1864.
Of the five redoubts constructed by John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee in the countryside south of Nashville, only traces of Nos. 1, 3 and 4 survive. A marker along Hillsboro Pike once noted the site of Redoubt No. 3, but it was damaged when it was struck by a car several years ago and never replaced.
No marker here notes the fate of the 44-year-old Hill, a married father of two children. The colonel was killed in his brigade's attack near the modern-day United Methodist Church and across from the long-ago obliterated Redoubt No. 2 site.
Every so often, Calvary United Methodist parishioners receive a reminder of the significance of the land their church was built upon. “We have had sermons about how a battlefield was turned into a church,” church archivist Dave Nichols told me. “This is a place where people were killed that has been turned into a place of peace.”
|A war-time illustration of the attack at Redoubt No. 3 during the Battle of Nashville depicts the moment|
Colonel Sylvester Hill (on horse) was wounded. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.)